How Much is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Love With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?

This has been bugging me for a while so I decided to get it off my chest.

The issue: the superstar athlete’s ego. Now, it’s obvious that the superstar ego carries over into retirement. As my colleague Kojo Sarfo expressed in his piece on athletes being “Pippen’s,” which he describes as an outrageous statement made by former athletes who are thirsty for some kind of press from today’s national media, these egos are getting out of control.

My latest case study is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. If you ever forget that he’s at the top of the scoring list with 38,387, I’m sure he’ll update his Twitter, Facebook page or commit a “Pippen” to remind you.

Kareem’s first “Pippen” was actually related to the comment Scottie made about LeBron being the best player to play in the NBA. The NBA’s all-time leading scorer found it necessary to write and open letter to Pippen, reminding him that he was the all-time leading scorer. Kareem’s has been seen more widely in the media since the open letter so maybe his plan worked and he should slide his publicist a few extra dollars, but he might have compromised his legacy with it.

Kareem was a great player, but when people are asked for their best five at every position on the court, Kareem usually comes behind Chamberlain and Russell. Kareem gets lost in the bunch, playing second or third fiddle to others.

Let’s not get my frustration with ego-driven retirees like Kareem as hatred. I’ll be the first to give Kareem credit for his contributions and accomplishments in the NBA, but once retired, please just shut the hell up.

Michael Jordan is hands down the greatest basketball player of all time and has yet to make comments about his dominance of the game or commit a “Pippen.” The only thing he’s done is demonstrate how NOT to dress unless you’re a drunk uncle. If you were that good and confident in your game, no need to reclaim or remind us of your accomplishments. Maybe it’s age and Jordan just hasn’t gotten to that point in his career yet, but I can’t picture MJ pulling “Pippen’s” anytime in his retirement.

Kareem’s twitter timeline is filled with ego-driven tweets.

“Come check out my brand new FaceBook page & see all 24 of my SI Covers & let me know your thoughts on each of them.”

“Just posted all my trophies online – too many to even discuss .. you might want to see it for yourself.”

“Champions have always shown their greatness in every era.

You can see his arrogance oozing out of every bit of the 140 characters he’s limited to gloating about himself in. Who really cares about how many trophies Kareem has or wants to see all 24 of his Sports Illustrated covers? Sounds like Kareem is exaggerating his importance.

On top of that, Kareem has the nerve to have the picture below as his Facebook photo.

Sorry, Kareem. But, somebody had to tell you. I hope you read this. GET OVER YOURSELF!


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8 thoughts on “How Much is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Love With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?

  • Kareem is the GOAT!!!!!!!!!

    What you speak aobut is ego is all truth though. But can you really blame him? He has been getting slited for the better part of the last 20 years.

    I hate when people say Russell & Chamberlain were better. I can be OK with Wilt but definitely not Bill. Folks forget that unlike Russell, Kareem was a offensive monster. H enever avg over 18ppg while Kareem is the leading scorer.

    Wilt was just bigger than everyone & a world class athlete to boot.

  • BSO: I don’t blame Kareem at all. It always seems the casual fan has a short memory. He needs to remind people — or the sports “establishment” needs to remind people that “K” was no joke — a “freak of nature” even at the age of 13 when he stood at 6-foot-8 and could, as the story is told, touch the backboard 18 inches ABOVE the rim! Remember, there are already folks who “choose” to “forget” just how great, consistent and dominate MJ was at a super high level for many years. MJ and Kareem have a common thing: Both extremely gifted, talented and coached by a system that demanded full knowledge of the fundamentals of the game.
    Add to that that both were and remain extremely competitive!

  • Kareem dominated in the era just prior to the Jordan era where every miraculous moment could be remembered buy the J’s Mike was wearing. I don’t see Kareem’s blogs or pics any different than the way the young and up and coming players of today remember MJ any player as famed as those two should never be forgotten.

  • No player was as great as long as Kareem. He can talk all he wants. How many people in any profession can claim to be as good or better than he was in his?

  • You forgot to mention his demand for a statue at Staples and his subsequent bombastic cutting off of ties with the Lakers. Taking nothing away from his career. But these latest moves were self-humiliating.

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